The Fourace Cull

To thoroughly understand this process, place the four scratched Aces into the deck at spaced intervals. Split the deck at the Ace nearest the center of the deck. In this case, it will be the third Ace from the top. After the deck is split and uppercut to the right, there will be an Ace on top of the left-hand portion. Evenly shuffle the halves into each other and hold back the top Ace of left-hand portion so that it falls last in the shuffle. The deck then has one Ace on top and the other Aces...

Faro Plus Seconds Stud

This is a convincing demonstration of dealing the Aces to you, which will also impress astute card men. The deck is ostensibly given two fast riffle shuffles and a quick overhand shuffle. Then a spectator fairly cuts the deck. You pick up the deck, deal five hands of Five-card Stud and get the Aces. Secretly get the four Aces on top of the deck. Cut the top half to the right in preparation for a Faro Riffle Shuffle. Perform a Faro Riffle Shuffle so that a few cards from left-hand section fall...

Stacking Three Sets

Have the three Queens, Kings, Aces, alternated into Q, K, A for three sets on top of the deck. The Queen is uppermost card of each alternated set. Cut the top half to the right and then riffle shuffle the cards, holding back three cards by the right thumb. Let them fall on top or last and then set up for a Strip-Out Shuffle with a Block Transfer of the top three cards to the left. Strip out and simultaneously split for the second riffle shuffle. The one set of three cards are on top of left...

Prologue

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Delayed Stripout Shuffle Block Stripout With Triple Cut Topblock Transfer And Stripout Shuffle To Transpose With

IMPROMPTU POWER THE BLOCK SLIP CUT No. 1 BLOCK SLIP CUT No. 2 THE BLOCK CENTER CUT TOP-BLOCK SHUFFLE AND STRAIGHT CUT TO GET TOP CARDS TO THE BOTTOM BRING BOTTOM CARDS TO THE TOP THE PARTIAL STRIP-OUT TO KEEP THE TOP STOCK TO KEEP THE BOTTOM STOCK NO BREAKS NO BREAKS FOR THE TOP STOCK NO BREAKS FOR THE BOTTOM STOCK THE FOUR-ACE CULL COMBINATION CULL AND STACK THE CRIMP CULL MARLO'S ROMAN SHUFFLE FAKE PUSH-THRU SHUFFLE NEW PUSH THRU SHUFFLE NEW PUSH THRU - SECOND METHOD IF I WERE A CARD CHEAT...

Standard Type Riffle Shuffle Stack

Explain that you will Riffle Stack four Aces as you openly remove the four Aces and show them to the audience. Say In games of cards, the cheat usually manages to get a pair of Aces to the top of the deck by either the Pick-Up method as he collects the cards or by the Rosette Method. The Rosette Method is used when the card cheat scoops up all the cards, holds them bunched up and facing himself. During this time, he is able to spot a pair or better as the cards jut out from all sides in the...

Delayed Strip Out Shuffle

Cut the top half of the deck to the right in readiness for a riffle shuffle. Use the Cover Up Shuffle. The left thumb lifts all of the cards in the left section in readiness for the riffle however, the right thumb lifts only half of the right-hand section. The hands, using the Cover Up Shuffle, cover the bottom block so that it is visible only on your side. The thumbs riffle off the packets into each other so that the quarter section of the right is mixed into the half section of the left. The...

Four Play Combination

Have four sets of three values on top of deck say the three Aces, three Jacks, three Kings, and three Queens in this order from the top. Cut the top half to the right. Riffle Shuffle the cards, holding back six cards on the right side so that they fall on top after the shuffle. Set up for the Strip-out and Block Transfer of the top six cards to the left. Perform a Faro Riffle Shuffle so that an Ace from the left section remains on top. After the Faro Riffle Shuffle, the three Aces, three Kings,...

Fake Push Thru Shuffle

This is a false shuffle of the Strip-out variety, but because of its handling, it seems to be a fast Push Thru Shuffle. Naturally, for one not familiar with any false shuffles, it looks as though you merely shuffled the deck. Also, because of the handling, it provides superb cover for the diagonal condition of the deck and the subsequent Strip-out. Upper cut the top portion to the right. Using either an Open or Closed shuffle, riffle the sections into each other by first releasing or leaving...

Key Card System

In many games, it is an accepted practice to pick up a strong Full House or Four of a Kind and to break them up by inserting them into different sections of the deck. Tell your audience If I were a card cheat, I would certainly take advantage of such a practice. Yet at the same time speak in riddles so that they don't exactly know what you mean or how you are able to bring about the results we will now outline. Suppose that the four Aces are on the table. Hold deck face up in left hand. With...

Combination Cull And Stack

This system of culling and stacking the desired cards is most useful wherein the number of players involved is the same as the number of cards involved. In any five-handed game, there the number of cards is also five, such as Five-Card Draw or Five-Card Stud, this method is fast and efficient, also in a Seven Handed Game where the Game is Seven-Card Stud or in Bridge, where the number of cards dealt is four and the number of players is four. The reason for these restrictions will become evident...

If I Were A Card Cheat

Here we will explain the proper approach to use when demonstrating Complex Riffle Stacks to an audience. By complex we mean the kind lay persons have heard about where the operator deals out a round of cards and gives himself a winning hand or gives two or three other players strong or sucker hands. The If I were A Card Cheat approach you gives you an excuse to deliberately set up hands or cull necessary cards for your demonstration. At the same time, the procedures seem to be those used by an...

The Crimp Cull

However, the handling we developed makes this a very practical method for culling any four high cards. As a demonstration of skill it is hard to beat, due to the casual way it is accomplished. The method, once mastered, is always at your fingertips. The work can be put in during the course of play or while performing other effects. Once the work is put in, it will last all evening. Preparation The four Aces are crimped at both non-index corners. (Photo 31) Place the...

Original Foreword

This exclusive manuscript contains artifices and principles of the Riffle Shuffle that had their beginning at the gaming table. I have manipulated and applied these principles to original techniques and approaches to obtain the results you are able to read. Although the bulk of this manuscript was completed over a dozen years ago, the notes were made much earlier. In truth, the last few pages, dealing with the Zarrow Shuffle were additions recently made solely to clarify matters in regard to...

The Partial Strip Out To Keep The Top Stock

Upper cut the top portion to the right, assuming that the desired cards are on top. Then shuffle the halves into each other in an even, normal shuffle. Make sure that the right half or top portion is covered by cards from the left-hand portion. Square up and set up for a strip out. Notice that the deck is evenly shuffled without any large blocks. In fact, there should be no hesitation during the riffle when making this shuffle. The right flingers and thumb then strip out only what you need....

The Block Transfer Applied

The Block Transfer to either the right or left can be applied to almost any shuffle, even to the Roman Shuffle, once the cards are in the Strip-Out position and not yet dropped to the table and under cover of the hands, the left or right thumb can push the top block of cards to the left or right as needed. Once the Block Transfer is made, the deck is dropped to the table and the strip out is made. Anyone who knows the Zarrow False Shuffle can also apply the Block Transfer to it. Bear in mind...

Right And Left Block Transfer

The right-left block transfer is very useful in cases where it is required to rearrange sets of cards that are on top of the deck. Suppose you have four Queens, four Aces and four Kings, on top of the deck and that these three sets of cards are in the above order mentioned, from top down and you wish to rearrange the order to be four Aces, four Kings, four Queens from top down. With the three sets on top in Q - K - A order from top down, undercut half the deck to the right. During the Riffle...

To Transpose With Top Block Transfer And Strip

Suppose that you have four Kings on top of four Aces and you want to maneuver the Aces above the Kings. Proceed in this manner Undercut to the right, except that in this case, the Kings and Aces will be on top of the left-hand portion. Riffle the two halves together, holding back the four Kings on the left so that they fall on top of the right-hand block except that the indifferent cards will be the Kings in this case. Telescope the two halves into each other and set up for the Strip-out...

Top Block Transfer And Stripout Shuffle

Suppose that you want to control the four Aces placed on top of the deck while convincing everyone that the Aces are being buried. Method With the Aces on top, cut the top portion to the right. Then shuffle the halves into each other, using either the Open or Closed Shuffle. Riffle off the left-hand portion quicker than the right-hand portion, until you have only four cards remaining above the left thumb. You will end up with only four cards above your left thumb and a small block of cards...